A team of U.S. researchers has
developed a postage stamp-sized diagnostic for hepatotoxicity and has used it
to measure liver enzyme levels in human blood samples.1 Diagnostics for All has exclusively licensed the device and is running
field tests in Vietnam.
Good morning, Vietnam
Kenneth Hawkins, program officer and
research scientist in the diagnostics group at PATH
(Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), said the next step should be "a
field-based study in one of the target markets in the developing world. The
results could be very different with a different patient population and when
performed by a representative group of operators in the target market."
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Published online Oct. 4, 2012
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Contact: Jason P. Rolland, Diagnostics For All, Cambridge, Mass.
Contact: Nira R. Pollock, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston,
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AND INSTITUTIONS MENTIONED
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.
Diagnostics for All, Cambridge, Mass.
Great Basin Corp., Salt Lake
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Pennsylvania State University, College Park, Pa.
University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.